More Latinos Are Going Away To College
Hispanics students are breaking away from cultural traditions, and leaving the nest
In most Hispanic families you’re expected to stay home until you’re married, however the new generation is breaking away from those cultural traditions and choosing to go away to college, rather than staying local. Not only are Latinos becoming more educated, but they’re gaining more independence in the process. One reason why more Latinos are heading off to college is because they’ve been brought up by a new generation of parents who have perhaps left the nest themselves to pursue a higher education, therefore, encouraging their children to do the same.
“It’s a healthy and good thing for young people to do, and I think Latino parents increasingly understand that reality,” said Antonio R. Flores, president of the Hispanic Assn. of Colleges and Universities, a San Antonio organization of schools with significant Latino enrollments. “Ultimately students who remain grounded in their home communities are deprived of the opportunity of learning about other places and other people and expanding their horizons,” she concluded.
Educational institutions looking to increase diversity among enrollment are now directing their attention towards the growing mobility of Latino students. Although it’s tough for Latino parents to give up on old values, they’re embracing the idea and becoming less apprehensive about their children’s desires to leave.